Thornbury Crime Overview

Thornbury is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Gloucestershire, and is the 72nd most dangerous overall out of Gloucestershire's 314 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Thornbury in 2020 was 43 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Gloucestershire's overall crime rate, coming in 8% lower than the Gloucestershire rate of 46 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Thornbury is the 292nd safest small town, and the 3,902nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Thornbury was the worst small town in Gloucestershire for criminal damage and arson, with 13 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.98 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2020 was also a bad month for Thornbury residents, when it was Gloucestershire's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.30 per 1,000 residents. Thornbury recorded 10 reports of public order during April 2019, making its crime rate of 0.75 the worst small town for public order in Gloucestershire that month.

The most common crimes in Thornbury are violence and sexual offences, with 230 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 17. This is 10% lower than 2019's figure of 253 offences and a difference of 1.72 from 2019's crime rate of 19. Thornbury's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 500% from 2019's figure of 6 crimes.

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See how Thornbury shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Thornbury and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Thornbury Compared To Gloucestershire

Summary of Crimes in Thornbury This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour16812.6130,53933.12163% safer
Burglary221.652,9043.1591% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1148.565,1605.6035% more dangerous
Drugs100.751,6541.79139% safer
Other Crime191.438370.9136% more dangerous
Other Theft453.383,6423.9517% safer
Possession of Weapons20.152980.32113% safer
Public Order846.314,1194.4729% more dangerous
Robbery10.083880.42425% safer
Shoplifting211.582,8023.0492% safer
Theft From the Person10.081860.20150% safer
Vehicle Crime261.953,1973.4778% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences23017.2716,82218.246% safer

Thornbury Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Winterbourne35737.1416% safer
Dodington30637.7514% safer
Dursley29838.9511% safer
West Dean42139.3610% safer
Stonehouse33741.962.9% safer
Coleford42146.116% more dangerous
Stoke Gifford95647.168% more dangerous
Lydney44347.209% more dangerous
Cirencester99550.5215% more dangerous
Yate1,14450.5315% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Thornbury

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Thornbury Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour21241713Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson811109Safer
Drugs0.530.300.600.75Getting worse
Other Crime0.300.300.451.4Getting worse
Other Theft3.
Possession of Weapons-0.300.150.15Safer
Public Order4.465.06Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.080.23-0.08Safer
Vehicle Crime4.
Violence and Sexual Offences13161917Getting worse

Changes In Thornbury's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Thornbury to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7136% more dangerous
Coventry77.4144% more dangerous
Croydon83.2248% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8150% more dangerous
Bristol86.2150% more dangerous
Leicester97.4456% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8758% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2860% more dangerous
Bradford133.0268% more dangerous
Leeds137.1069% more dangerous

Crime in Thornbury During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Thornbury change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Thornbury saw a 300% increase in shoplifting. Thornbury saw a large fall in burglary during March, when it fell by 80% compared to March in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour-65%-42%+53%+19%-68%-76%--48%+288%+100%
Criminal Damage and Arson+13%--67%-+20%-44%+267%+63%-18%+29%
Other Crime-+100%+200%-------
Other Theft-17%-43%+25%+40%-60%-33%--67%--25%
Public Order--70%+10%-14%+75%-50%+100%+150%+100%-
Vehicle Crime+100%-+200%--50%-----
Violence and Sexual Offences-57%+38%-+7%-16%+13%+27%+33%-11%-54%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Thornbury

What police force serves Thornbury?
Thornbury's local territorial police force is the Gloucestershire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Thornbury?
Thornbury is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Gloucestershire.
What is Thornbury's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Thornbury are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Thornbury?
Thornbury's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021